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Knicks find answers without A.I.

PER Diem: Dec. 14, 2009

Updated: December 14, 2009, 12:39 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
KnicksNick Laham/Getty ImagesThe Knicks have won four straight and five of their last six. Is passing on Iverson the reason why?

Remember how people used to say that every team Stephon Marbury left improved dramatically upon his departure?

Now we're seeing a similar phenomenon with one of Marbury's contemporaries. After Allen Iverson exited Philadelphia for the first time early in 2006-07, the 76ers rallied to make a surprise playoff appearance. The Nuggets dealt him early last season and zoomed all the way to the conference finals, which was the team's best NBA finish ever. And while this season's Pistons haven't rallied yet, they've managed largely to replicate last season's performance despite numerous injuries.

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